Wednesday, October 31, 2007

THANKSGIVING TIPS - Party Liquids

Ewww! Who thought of that title? I guess I did. And I want you to spend the same amount of time, i.e. seconds, thinking about the drinks you're going to serve. You're going to be wrestling a turkey, for heaven's sake, you don't need to worry about complicated potables.

The easiest aperitif is a little pomegranate juice in the bottom of a champagne flute. Fill with domestic champagne or prosecco or ginger ale for non-imbibers. Garnish each glass with a frozen raspberry. (It’s a garnish that you don’t have to play with.)

Here is a wonderfully EASY punch. 1 part orange juice, 1 part cranberry juice, 1 part something fizzy - seltzer, sprite, ginger ale or the diet equivalent. THEN scoop in a pint of American Orange Sherbet. Not sorbet, not granita - SHERBET. It makes it foamy and really good. (Thanks, L, for that idea.) I like frozen raspberries in that too.

Put any individual juices you’re serving in pitchers, and garnish them with frozen raspberries and, if you have the energy, a good squeeze of fresh lime juice. It brightens up the flavor amazingly. Skol!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

... reading about all your wonderful planning tips for Thanksgiving - I can hardly wait for THE DAY! Counting the days!!! ... at least the waiting is shortened by my checking your fantastic blogs daily!
Your most faithful reader, A

Emilie said...

Thanks Martha!
I like the idea of the pomegranate/Prosecco drink. I have to hunt for Prosecco, though.

Sue said...

A,
Oh gosh, that means I should stop blogging and start cooking!

Em,
I just said Prosecco to sound cool. Any sparkling Champagne-style wine will do.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

My drinks menu will go like this:

1. Buy big jug of apple cider from favorite farmer's market.

2. Force family members to bring wine. ;-)

I do love the pomegranite/Proseco idea, but I'm still a bit crazed by the other preparations to worry about mixing drinks. I will, however, use that drink in future parties.

Sue said...

S(D)OC,

I always forget to buy apple cider. You just reminded me. Thanks!

Bake your cake and eat it too said...

Oh wow! Drinks never even crossed my mind during the holidays but the pomegranate sounds delicious. I'll have to try that this time around. Thanks!

Sue said...

Val,
AND you can go really crazy and get different flavors of pomegranate juice...